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A holiday is a regularly reoccurring festive day. Usually, but not always, the festive day is observed every year. The word "holiday" is derived from the words "holy" and "day."

Long holidays with no work

Other holidays like Independence Day and Veterans' Day can come on a weekday or weekend. If the holiday is on a weekend, it is moved to Friday or Monday to create a "3-day weekend." Calendars sometimes mark these holidays twice. For example, in 2006, Veterans' Day in America was on Saturday, November 11. "Veteran's Day (observed)" was also on the calendar; it was Friday, November 10.

Holidays in western countries during winter


  • Merry Christmas (also called Feliz Navidad (Spanish) and Joyeux Noel (French))
  • Merry Yuletide
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • Happy Kwanzaa
  • Happy New Year
  • Joyous Yule
  • Happy Solstice
  • Season's Greetings
  • Happy Holiday(s)

Holidays celebrated around the world

Holidays celebrated in various countries

United States

Religious holidays

Buddhist holidays

Celtic and Norse holidays

In the order of the Wheel of the Year:

Hindu holidays

  • Baisakhi
  • Daserra
  • Diwali
    • Diwali Amvasaya (Laxmi Puja)
    • Diwali (day 2)
    • Bhaubeej
  • Ekadasi
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Gokul Ashtami
  • Gudhi Padwa
  • Holi
  • Mahashivratri
  • Makar Sankranti
  • Onam
  • Pongal
  • Rama-Lilas
  • Ram Navami
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi
  • Ugadi

Christian holidays

Catholics also celebrate saint's days.

Islamic holidays

Bahá'í holidays

  • Naw Ruz (Bahá'í New Year)
  • 1st Day of Ridván
  • 9th Day of Ridvan
  • 12th Day of Ridvan
  • Declaration of the Báb
  • Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
  • Martyrdom of the Báb
  • Birth of the Israel
  • Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Jewish holidays

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